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White Bean and Ham Bone Soup

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"What to do with that leftover Easter ham bone? Try this tasty soup that is created from a ham stock, to use now, or later. Use your favorite dried white beans. My choice is Great Northern."
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11 h 45 m servings 241
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Combine ham bone and 4 quarts of water in a large stock pot of Dutch oven at least the night before. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 12 hours.
  2. In the meantime, place beans in a large pot with water to cover; soak overnight. Drain beans the next day and return to the pot.
  3. Remove ham bone from the pot and pick off any edible meat. Strain the stock and measure out 3 quarts for the soup. Remaining stock can be frozen.
  4. Pour 3 quarts of stock over the soaked beans. Add ham, celery, carrots, onion, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover, tilting the lid to allow steam to escape, and simmer until beans are tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Add sherry in the last 30 minutes of cooking and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 241 calories; 5.6 32.6 15.4 15 436 Full nutrition

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This is a good basic recipe. Precooking the ham bone before adding the beans works well.